A member of The Firm has revealed that MJF apologised to the group backstage after he returned to AEW at All Out in September.
MJF has had a tumultuous 2022, to say the least. From the highs of his epic feud with CM Punk – which included a major win over the former WWE Champion – to being put on hiatus in the summer amid rumours that the star wanted to leave AEW.
At All Out in September, a Casino Ladder Match took place to find the next contender for the AEW World Championship with an unannounced Joker taking the final place in the match as is the custom in this type of match. Before the Joker could appear, however, several masked men appeared and attacked the field with one of the group retrieving the chip and then handing it over to the masked Joker.
The one who retrieved the chip was Stokely Hathaway with the others revealing themselves to be W. Morrissey, The Gunns, Lee Moriarty, and Ethan Page. The Joker remained a mystery until the end of the night when MJF unmasked himself and confronted then-AEW World Champion CM Punk.
Speaking to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, The Firm’s Lee Moriarty revealed that MJF apologised to the group backstage at the show for keeping them in the dark about his involvement with the group:
“He just told us ‘Hey, sorry. I couldn’t tell anybody. But I wanted to keep it a secret, and we understood. No hard feelings or anything like that.”
MJF has cashed his chip in and will challenge for the AEW World Championship against Jon Moxley at Full Gear in Newark, NJ.